Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Joe Frazier was humbled, and had to find the right symbolic gift to present to Nelson Mandela. Smokin' Joe wanted Mandela to know he was a true champion. Frazier, instead, picked the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt he was awarded after defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971. ''I said, 'Are you talking about THAT belt,''' Frazier's former manager, Burt Watson, said.
Paulie Malignaggi said the trip to the ring for his bout against Zab Judah was an emotional one. Fortunately for Malignaggi, he was the borough's best fighter on Saturday night. ''It definitely allows me to continue boxing,'' Malignaggi said after claiming a unanimous decision at Barclays Center. ''With a loss, I don't know if I wanted to continue.'' The judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 in favor of Malignaggi (33-5) in a fight that had many in the crowd of 9,363 booing the lack of action.
WBA and WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his titles with a 12-round, unanimous decision over former two-time bantamweight champ Joseph Agbeko at Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom on Saturday night. Judges Eugene Grant (120-108), Ron McNair (120-108) and Robin Taylor (120-108) all had Rigondeaux winning every round. ''I came to do what I need to do,'' Rigondeaux said through an interpreter. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is considered one of boxing's top pound-for-pound fighters, but draws criticism for his style.
Felix Sturm stopped defending champion Darren Barker in the second round to take the Briton's IBF middleweight title Saturday night. Former WBA champion Sturm twice knocked Barker to the canvas and looked set to finish him off when the towel was thrown in. Referee Mark Nelson called it off 2:09 into the round.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African boxer Jacob 'Baby Jake' Matlala, the shortest world champion whose fortunes were closely followed by Nelson Mandela, died on Saturday at the age of 51, local media reported. The 1.47 meter tall light-flyweight champion was a potent symbol of reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa, where his fortunes were keenly followed. Matlala won titles under three different sanctioning bodies, the last of which at the age of 42 was watched ringside by Mandela. A keen boxing fan, former president Mandela died on Thursday aged 95. ...
CAPE TOWN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - South African boxer Jacob 'Baby Jake' Matlala, the shortest world champion whose fortunes were closely followed by Nelson Mandela, died on Saturday at the age of 51, local media reported. The 1.47 metre tall light-flyweight champion was a potent symbol of reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa, where his fortunes were keenly followed. Matlala won titles under three different sanctioning bodies, the last of which at the age of 42 was watched ringside by Mandela. A keen boxing fan, former president Mandela died on Thursday aged 95. ...
Although HBO proved to still be the top dog in terms of ratings for boxing on cable TV, Showtime had a great year and in many ways pushed HBO to be better.
Muhammad Ali paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as a symbol of forgiveness who inspired others to ''reach for what appeared to be impossible,'' as the boxing great joined in mourning the death of the South African anti-apartheid leader Thursday. The icons who shared a boxing background met twice - once in South Africa and once in North America, said a spokeswoman for the Ali Center in Louisville, Ali's hometown. ''What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge,'' Ali said in his statement released by the Ali Center. ''He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.'' Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa.
After a slow and steady climb, the undefeated Porter is primed for his first opportunity at a world title.
In a Dec. 4 story about Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Klitschko's wife, Natalia, was beside him when he tried to stop several hundred radical protesters from storming the president's office during a huge protest in Kiev on Sunday. At the time of the standoff, Natalia was taking part in the peaceful part of the demonstration at Independence Square about a half-mile away from the site of the clashes. A corrected version of the story is below: Boxing champ turns opposition leader in Ukraine World boxing champion Klitschko leads Ukraine's protests, hopes to become its next president By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Towering over his fellow protest leaders, Vitali Klitschko, the reigning world heavyweight boxing champion, has emerged as Ukraine's most popular opposition figure and has ambitions to become its next president.
Nearly 35 years after Rocky Balboa returned for his first sequel, Philadelphia's favorite adopted son has inspired city runners to go to the distance. Sparked by a story on the Philadelphia Magazine website, Philadelphia's debut Rocky Run kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday, with a start just around the corner from the house where Balboa lived in ''Rocky II.'' This is the kind of ultra-marathon that would make Ivan Drago flinch. For even diehard fans, the scene is nothing but 2 minutes, 30 seconds of Sylvester Stallone's character sprinting and sweating through the city, arms raised high and mobbed by children that flocked to him and followed him up those celebrated steps. For Philadelphia-based writer Dan McQuade, a native and ''Rocky'' fan, the underdog boxer's disjointed route made little sense.
Oscar De La Hoya, who won Olympic gold and became a champion in six weight divisions in winning 10 world titles, has been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. ''I am honored and appreciative to be chosen, and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,'' De La Hoya said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. ''To know that I will be in the Hall of Fame with the greats of this sport is humbling, but it's also put a smile on my face that isn't coming off anytime soon.'' De La Hoya headlines the class of 2014 announced Wednesday, and two of his contemporaries in the modern era - Puerto Rican star Felix ''Tito'' Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe of Wales - will join him on stage June 8 at the induction ceremony in Canastota, N.Y. Joining the hard-punching trio are George Chaney, Charles Ledoux and Mike O'Dowd in the old-timer category, while Tom Allen is the lone honoree in the pioneer category. Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) -- A look at the 12 people to be inducted June 8 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Joe Frazier has won another decision more than two years after his death: The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved a design for a statue honoring the former heavyweight boxing champ.
(Repeats to additional subscribers, no change in text) * Leaders divided by rivalries, different programmes * Jailed Tymoshenko hard act to follow * Klitschko emerges as strong contender for presidency By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Urbane liberals are joining black-booted skinheads to protest on the streets of Kiev, but if the Orange Revolution of nine years ago is to be repeated, they need a leader to unite them. Enter Vitaly Klitschko, a towering world boxing champion with a doctorate in sports science, who is looking increasingly like the opposition's most powerful contender. Protesters and commentators saw Klitschko emerging on Tuesday as a leader-in-waiting, as the opposition digs in to unseat President Viktor Yanukovich after he ditched a trade pact with the European Union to revive economic ties with former Soviet master Moscow. "I'd stand behind Klitschko," said Grigory Parkhomenko, a 54-year-old retired factory worker at Kiev's 'opposition-occupied' city hall.
Tapia, following a path blazed by Arturo Gatti, faces one of the sport's bigger names in James Kirkland on Saturday night.
Diaz didn't want to fight Saturday, but said he had to show up because he "was broke." Maynard, meanwhile, was no match for an angry Nate Diaz.
CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) -- Former heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for agreeing to sell cocaine in an undercover operation by a British newspaper.